BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. called on “imperial” Manila to rethink its development strategy and relocate industries to the provinces as heavy floods continue to inundate the Metro Manila area this week.
He said if the national government makes it a policy to really develop the countryside and disperse the industries to the provinces, the people who make up the large illegal settlers populace of the metropolis would be encouraged to return to their respective hometowns.
Marañon made this call during the Provincial Development Council regular meeting August 9, 2012 at the Nature’s Village Resort Hotel in Talisay City.
Marañon also gave an update on the achievements and progress of the provincial government in the implementation of its Negros First Development Agenda.
He said Negros is playing a key role in terms of food production in the country.
This claim was validated by Regional Director Larry Nacionales of the Department of Agriculture Region VI who noted the growth of rice production in the province, mainly because of the huge budget the provincial government pours into agriculture, the reason why it has received the top Agri-Achievers Award from DA. (Capitol News)